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In June 1985, Sting released his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles. The third track on the record is one of my favorite tracks of all time, the song “Russians”:

Sting went on to earn a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year and one for…


My personal copy of the first book in the series (and the DnD Player’s Handbook)

Once again I’m attempting to finish reading The Wheel of Time book series by Robert Jordan. Almost every autumn, for the last few years, I convince myself that I’ll complete the 14-volume saga and then never do. There are over 4.4 million words in the epic and if I don’t…


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On September 1, 1983 at 3:26am Tokyo time, Korean Airlines flight number 007 flying from New York City to Seoul after stopping in Anchorage was shot down by a Soviet fighter jet after it entered Soviet air space.

A Soviet Su-15 interceptor fired two air-to-air missiles at the Boeing 747…


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For a time, about five years ago, I was a very active writer and then for some reason fell out of it. Perhaps, because I was writing for a firm and was required to produce an original manuscript every week. …


By now, we’re all familiar with the exploits of Edward Snowden. Recently, he spoke, via web, to conference attendees at SXSW. And whatever your feelings on him and his release of classified information, it is clear that we have a challenge with folks interested in stealing data and releasing it…


While you were enjoying a relaxing Thanksgiving last year, surrounded by friends and family, eating way too much turkey and mashed potatoes, Jesse Korff was figuring out a new way to distill a biological toxin called abrin so he could sell it to terrorists.

According to the Centers for Disease…


Elevators are weird places. For about thirty seconds, it seems like the world stops and we find ourselves crammed into a pretty small space with a bunch of people we don’t know. And oddly, all of our social conventions seem to get tested while we’re there. I can’t tell you…


In October 1944, during the rebuilding of the House of Commons after the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill addressed the lower house of Parliament: “We shape our dwellings” he said, “and our dwellings shape us.”

What he meant is that the way we build our homes and offices impacts how…

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